December 14, 2021
Media Contact: Allie Phillips, population health manager, firstname.lastname@example.org, (276)-415-3360
LENOWISCO and Cumberland Plateau Health Districts Offering Free COVID-19 Testing for the Holidays
(WISE, Va.) – With the holidays quickly approaching, individuals are strongly encouraged to get tested for COVID-19 before and after any gatherings. Both the LENOWISCO Health District and Cumberland Plateau Health District will be offering COVID-19 testing at each one of their health department locations. Testing will occur in LENOWISCO three times a week while Cumberland Plateau has set aside four days. The tests are free and you do not need insurance, but appointments are required. No walk-ins will be accepted.
“Due to the holidays and the colder weather, individuals are spending more time inside and with others. This unfortunately means that the transmission of viruses such as COVID-19 and the flu tend to increase,” said Allie Phillips, population health manager. “That’s why not only are we strongly encouraging community members to get tested before and after they return from the holidays, but also recommending that they get vaccinated against COVID-19 and the flu.”
It is important to note rapid testing is not available at the health departments, however they are fully equipped with PCR send out tests. The turnaround time for these tests is usually around 48 hours making it important to get tested a couple days before any planned events. If you need to get tested, please call your local health department to make an appointment:
Lenowisco Health District:
Lee County Health Department – 276-346-2011
Scott County Health Department – 276-386-1312
Wise County & City of Norton Health Department – 276-328-8000
Cumberland Plateau Health District:
Buchanan County Health Department – 276-935-4591
Dickenson County Health Department – 276-926-4979
Russell County Health Department – 276-889-7621
Tazewell County Health Department – 276-988-5585
Individuals may also contact their local healthcare provider or pharmacy to see if COVID-19 testing is available.
For more information about COVID-19 vaccination, visit www.vdh.virginia.gov/covid-19-vaccine. For specific information regarding vaccination in the Lenowisco Health District or Cumberland Plateau Health District, visit www.vdh.virginia.gov/lenowisco/ or www.vdh.virginia.gov/cumberland-plateau/.
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